A European Educational Resource Repository for STEM digital learning resources for Public Health Education
Photodentro PAFSE (photodentro.pafse.eu) is a European Educational Resource Repository for hosting, organizing, systematically classifying, documenting, and disseminating STEM digital learning resources.
It was developed in the context of the PAFSE (PArtnerships for Science Education) European Project, initially to host all learning resources for Health Education that will be developed or identified/customized in the context of the project. After the end of the project, the repository will serve as a European Repository of STEM learning resources for Public Health Education.
Photodentro PAFSE repository supports free text search, browsing through collections of learning resources, browsing using a domain specific hierarchy of terms for public health issues targeting K-12 education, and structured search using multiple filters. It also supports ratings and comments by registered users. To describe and index the learning resources, Photodentro PAFSE makes use of metadata based on the IEEE LOM international specification (IEEE, 2002). All learning resources of the Photodentro PAFSE repository are freely available under the Creative Commons’ Attribution – Non-Commercial – Share Alike license. Photodentro PAFSE also provides a form-based environment for registered users to upload, classify, document, describe, and publish new resources.
The implementation of the Photodentro PAFSE Repository is based on the Photodentro Greek National Learning Resource Repository Infrastructure for K12 Education, that is provided under the Photodentro Software as a Service (Saas) model by CTI. It is based on DSpace, an open source platform for building digital repositories, and it provides an Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) to ensure interoperability with other Repositories.